David Bowie

The legendary singer-songwriter and actor died after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.¬†Along the way, he charted the hits “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Fame,” “Heroes,” “Let’s Dance” and “Where Are We Now?” among many others. Accordingly, his impact on the music world has been immeasurable.

Frank Sinatra Jr.

Sinatra Jr. carried on his father’s legacy with his own music career and whose kidnapping as a young man added a bizarre chapter to his fathers legendary life. Died on March 16 at the age of 72.

Prince

One of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry”. Died on April 21, at the age of 57.

George Michael

The pop heartthrob whose career began with the hit duo Wham! in the 1980’s and went on to have a hit solo career beginning with the chart-topping album “Faith”. Died on December 25 at the young age of 53.

Leonard Cohen

The baritone-voiced Canadian singer- songwriter who blended spirituality and sexuality in songs like “Hallelujah,” “Suzanne” and “Bird On A Wire”. Died on November 7 at the age of 82.

Matt Roberts

Guitarist and founding member of the rock band, 3 Doors Down. Died on August 20.

Paul Kantner

The founding member of Jefferson Airplane who stayed with the seminal band through its transformation from 1960’s hippies to 1970’s hit makers as the eventual leader of sucessor group, Jefferson Starship. Died on January 28 at age 74.

Maurice White

The Earth, Winder & Fire founder whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums. Died on February 3 at age 74.

Merle Haggard

The country giant who rose from poverty and prison to international fame through his songs about outlaws, underdogs, and an abiding sense of national pride in hits such as “Okie From Muskogge” and “Sing Me Back Home”. Died on April 6 at age 79.

Glenn Frey

The rock ‘n’ roll rebel who co-founded the Eagles and helped write hits such as “Hotel California” and “Life in the Fast Lane” died on January 18 at age 67.